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127-6027 Forest Hill Park

Forest Hill Park
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 09/11/2002

NRHP Listing Date 11/22/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02001446

The 105-acre landscaped Forest Hill Park has been a part of the city 0f Richmond’s park system since 1934. It exhibits a variety of wild natural areas and wetlands in addition to manicured landscapes. Holden Rhodes, a farmer, lawyer, and businessman, owned the property from 1836 to 1857 and built a picturesque stone house (pictured above) that is now used as a meeting place. Eventually the Rhodes estate became a public park and the terminus of one of Richmond’s trolley lines. An amusement park was developed with a bandstand, merry-go-round, enchanted house, bowling alley, dancing pavilion, roller coaster, and a penny arcade in the Rhodes house. Around the park, several neighborhoods grew up—true “trolley suburbs.” In 1934, the city acquired the park and transformed it for picnicking and community uses.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark


Updated: April 16, 2021